Robert Irwin

The Second Coming

Adventures in the Orgasmotron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex


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‘Small talk in prison had him as a con man who got rich people to sit in strange boxes that allowed them to make love better.’ That is not too far off the truth. But in the case of Wilhelm Reich it is difficult to decide where deceit ended and self-deception began. Let it serve as his epitaph. Reich was interned in Lewisburg Penitentiary in March 1957 and he died there on 3 November.

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